Adriaen van Ostade spent his entire career in Haarlem where he specialized in etchings of peasant genre subjects. This is his only print that can be classified as a pure landscape. The idyllic Dutch scene is dominated by a rustic wooden bridge where two anglers pass their day peacefully, watching their bait dangle on the unruffled water.
Le pêcheur à la ligne
vi of 7 states
11.8 x 16.9 cm platemark; 27.0 x 28.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., [incised plate] "AvO". Not dated.
Gift of Sir Philip Street 1930
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980
Referenced in 2 publications
Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, p 6. no catalogue numbers
Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, p 62, col illus p 63.